"He was on his way into surgery, but it was nice to see him," McClendon said. "It seemed like he was in good spirits. That was tough to see. He's always been an idol of mine. I think he's going to be OK."
• The Mariners announced their Minor League rosters Tuesday as their four top affiliates all begin the season Thursday. Triple-A Tacoma's roster includes 10 players who've spent time with the Mariners: starters Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer; relievers Logan Bawcom, Lucas Luetge and Chance Ruffin; infielders Nick Franklin and Jesus Montero; outfielder Endy Chavez and catchers Humberto Quintero and Jesus Sucre. Other MLB veterans on the team include outfielder Cole Gillespie and relievers Ramon Ramirez and Zach Miner. Top prospects with Tacoma include infielders Ji-Man Choi, Nate Tenbrink, Ty Kelly and Chris Taylor, outfielder James Jones and relievers Dominic Leone and Carson Smith.
The Double-A Jackson squad includes right-hander Victor Sanchez, outfielders Jabari Blash and Leon Landry and catcher John Hicks, all well-regarded prospects. Third baseman D.J. Peterson, last year's first-round Draft pick, will open at Class A Advanced High Desert, as will top young outfield prospect Gabriel Guerrero and left-hander Tyler Pike.
Justin Seager, the younger brother of Kyle Seager, is among the group at Class A Clinton along with outfielder Austin Wilson, last year's second-round Draft pick, and young southpaw Edwin Diaz.
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